Recently, Breitbart and other right-wing websites ran with an inflammatory story that suggested the Weather Channel and data from actual meteorologists “proved” that climate change wasn’t real. That was a lie. And nobody was more pissed about it than the Weather Channel.
Following the story, The Weather Channel took the unprecedented step of actually calling Breitbart out by name in a tweet, slamming the conservative site for its bogus story.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) December 6, 2016
It also published a story that specifically debunked Breitbart’s claims.
Global warming is not expected to end anytime soon, despite what Breitbart.com wrote in an article published last week.
Though we would prefer to focus on our usual coverage of weather and climate science, in this case we felt it important to add our two cents — especially because a video clip from weather.com (La Niña in Pacific Affects Weather in New England) was prominently featured at the top of the Breitbart article. Breitbart had the legal right to use this clip as part of a content-sharing agreement with another company, but there should be no assumption that The Weather Company endorses the article associated with it.
After painstakingly disproving the shoddy article, the weather network left Breitbart with an acidic suggestion.
Finally, to our friends at Breitbart: The next time you write a climate change article and need fact checking help, please call. We’re here for you. I’m sure we both agree this topic is too important to get wrong.
But as if to prove how disingenuous they are, Breitbart told Business Insider that they would be doubling down on the lies instead of issuing a retraction. Predictably, they claimed these facts were just liberal bias.
“For years, the institutional left and legacy media establishment has gotten away with group think in the worst possible way when it comes to climate,” said the Breitbart editor, speaking on background. “We look forward to exposing that in the coming weeks and months.”
The Breitbart editor added: “The environmentalist agenda drivers in the media can go back to their safe spaces now.”
Notice how the response doesn’t even pretend to have facts to back up their original story? Interesting how that works.
Breitbart has been lying about things for years, but its influence has become much more toxic in recent months. Donald Trump gets much of his information from Breitbart and his White House senior advisor is the site’s former boss. In a recent Buzzfeed analysis, Trump’s citations overwhelming come from Breitbart.
The fact that the site with Trump ear can’t even get basic facts about climate change right, nor apologize when they get exposed, should send a terrifying message to America’s scientific community.
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